Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Grape:Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Home:Western Cape / South Africa
  • Style:Full-bodied / Rich / Juicy
  • Taste:Blackcurrant / Plums / Hint of Oak
  • Food:Ribs / Steak / Barbecue
  • Awards:Not yet!
  • Lifestyle:2017 vintage: vegan, 2016 vintage: vegan

The Western Cape of South Africa is perfect for growing Cabernet Sauvignon which can be a bit tricky, preferring a mild maritime climate. South Africa’s vineyards are mostly situated in the Western Cape near the coast.

This wine is full of flavour – tons of blackcurrants and dark fruits with a bit of oak. In its South African home it is enjoyed with a classic braai, a favourite national past time. Traditionally a wood fired barbecue (no charcoal here!) loaded with chops and red meat, this is a serious business and the country now celebrates National Braai Day on Heritage Day on 24th September.

Word of warning – if you are invited to an 8pm braai the meat usually goes on about midnight, so get your (responsible) drinking head on.

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Geek fact: Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the six original noble grape varieties (along with Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc & Riesling) and is the grape predominantly used in red Bordeaux wines from the ‘Left Bank’ area of this famous region.